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Injured by humans, a bionic toucan joins the fight against animal cruelty – Christian Science Monitor
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Grecia, a Costa Rican toucan with no upper beak, has become the face of new anti-abuse legislation. By Joseph Dussault, Staff August 28, 2016. Save for later Saved · About video ads · About video ads. View Caption. of. When animal rescuers found Grecia …
After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against AbuseNPR
Abused And Rescued Toucan How Has A 3D-Printed BeakImmortal News
Toucan receives 3D-printed beak from Rock Hill companyWashington Times
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Posted on 28 August 2016 | 5:31 pm
We've never seen Jupiter quite like this. NASA's Juno spacecraft flew closer to the giant planet than any spacecraft ever, revealing stunning images and gathering detailed information about the planet for NASA scientists. The record-breaking mission …
NASA's Juno probe gets its first close look at JupiterAOL News
"Into the Unknown" –NASA's Juno Spacecraft Makes Final Approach Towards Jupiter (VIDEO)The Daily Galaxy (blog)
NASA Releasing Photos of UFO Appearance on JupiterClapway
WatertownDailyTimes.com –BBC News –The Planetary Society (blog) –Space Daily
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Posted on 28 August 2016 | 3:31 pm
Facebook Trending Topics Update Is Here, And It Looks A Little Different Than What You’re Used To – Bustle
Both Facebook and Twitter have a trending topics feature, but users have probably noticed there's one major difference between the two. Next to each name or subject, Facebook has helpful descriptions explaining why that topic is trending — or at least …
Facebook Reduces Human Involvement in Selection of Trending TopicsNewsmax
Facebook Makes Big Change To Trending Topics Following ControversyUbergizmo
Facebook ditches helpful Trending Topic descriptions for global scaleTechCrunch
PCWorld –Christian Science Monitor –The Verge –Wall Street Journal
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Posted on 28 August 2016 | 2:21 pm
A series of tremors that reverberated through the ocean floor were detected by scientists in Japan. The twist: the tremors were not caused by an earthquake. Instead, they were produced by a rare event known as a "weather bomb." ( Graham Cook | Flickr ).
Stormy 'weather bomb' reveals Earth's geological secretsChristian Science Monitor
Weather bomb allows researchers to study earthquake behaviorPulse Headlines
Weather Bombs Linked To Seismic TremorsCDA News
BBC News –PerfScience –Morning Ticker –The Sun
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Posted on 28 August 2016 | 12:26 pm
Say what you will about people watching other people play video games live. The numbers don't lie. 1.7 million people broadcast game streams every month on the largest streaming-game service, Amazon-owned Twitch, according to data from 2015 .
Blizzard Games Can Now Be Streamed On Facebook LiveUbergizmo
Blizzard Introduces Live Facebook Streaming For Battle.net Games Like Overwatch, WoW And HearthstoneHot Hardware
It Is Now Easy To Stream Blizzard Games Such As 'Overwatch' And 'Hearthstone' On Facebook: Your Move, TwitchTech Times
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Posted on 28 August 2016 | 12:10 pm
The Galaxy Note 7 is one of the best smartphones that Samsung has ever made. It offers a stunning design, a spacious display, and a veritable feast of wonderful features and functions. However, not everything about this phone is straightforward. To …
Phones should be better at predicting what we're about to doThe Verge
Android Circuit: Galaxy Note 7 Love And Hate, Microsoft's Sneaky Strategy, Android Beats iPhoneForbes
Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 (2017) essentially confirmedPhone Arena
Android Headlines –Tech Times –Yahoo News –Ubergizmo
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Posted on 27 August 2016 | 2:03 pm
Apple Loop: iPhone 7 Launch On September 9th ‘Confirmed’, Dangerous iOS Flaws, New iPhone 7 Images – Forbes
Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week's Apple Loop includes more information and dates on the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, new images of the handset, the potential design flaw in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the …
Why can't Apple spend its way out of security vulnerabilities?The Verge
Apple patches major flaws with iOS 9.3.5 video – CNETCNET
Why You Should Update Your iPhone ImmediatelyFortune
USA TODAY –AppleInsider (press release) (blog) –CIO –Mashable
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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 11:23 pm
No Man's Sky is currently vying for the “most hated game of the year” crown from fans and members of the press alike. Some are disappointed with the game's lack of content and goals. Others are mad about promised features that never made it into the …
No Man's Sky's greatest resource is isolationPolygon
No Man's Sky is an existential crisis simulator disguised as a space exploration gameVox
No Man's Sky Disappearing Discoveries May Be Caused By Server BugPlayStation LifeStyle
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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 3:53 pm
To be sure, Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 will be a solid and respectable upgrade, complete with faster internals and improved camera performance across the board. That said, users anticipating a radical rethinking of the iPhone's design will likely be …
'iPhone 7' production affected by low yields on waterproof speaker, dual camera – reportAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Everything we expect Apple to announce at its event in SeptemberBusiness Insider
iPhone 7 Facing Supply Shortages as Production Ramps Up Ahead of LaunchMac Rumors
Macworld –Tech Times –CNET –Gizmodo
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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 12:57 pm
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Ride-hailing companies Uber [UBER.UL] and Careem have suspended services in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, since Saturday and do not know when they can resume operations, they said on Sunday. The National, a UAE newspaper, quoted unnamed sources as saying that as many as 50 drivers for Uber and Careem had been arrested. An Abu Dhabi source familiar with the situation told Reuters some drivers had been detained over violations of regulations, but did not specify how many drivers or describe the violations.
Posted on 28 August 2016 | 6:57 pm
By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc changed its popular "Trending" feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. The update is Facebook's latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias.
Posted on 26 August 2016 | 10:34 pm
Iran has detected and removed malicious software from two of its petrochemical complexes, a senior military official said on Saturday, after announcing last week it was investigating whether recent petrochemical fires were caused by cyber attacks. The official said the malware at the two plants was inactive and had not played a role in the fires. “In periodical inspection of petrochemical units, a type of industrial malware was detected and the necessary defensive measures were taken,” Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran’s civilian defense, was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.
Posted on 27 August 2016 | 12:46 pm
By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chinese powerhouse Didi Chuxing's acquisition of Uber Technologies Inc's China operations marked the biggest move yet toward consolidation in an industry that many investors and Silicon Valley pundits view as a winner-take-all game. On the day the Didi deal was announced earlier this month, Uber board member Bill Gurley said Uber's rivals in other markets had a slim chance of splitting the market with the dominant player, just as Uber struggled to erode Didi's share in China. After China, the industry will consolidate in other markets, said Hans Tung, an Asia-focused investor and managing partner at GGV Capital, which backed Didi and Grab, a Singapore-based ride service.
Posted on 26 August 2016 | 8:47 am
By Maria Haase Coelho BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Inspired by the success of Pokemon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks. While with Pokemon Go, players use a mobile device's GPS and camera to track virtual creatures around town, Aveline Gregoire's version is played through a Facebook group called "Chasseurs de livres" ("Book hunters"). Having played Pokemon Go with my kids, I had the idea of releasing the books into nature," Gregoire told Reuters.
Posted on 26 August 2016 | 8:28 am
Apple Inc issued a patch on Thursday to fix a dangerous security flaw in iPhones and iPads after researchers discovered that a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident's phone had been targeted with a previously unknown method of hacking. The thwarted attack on the human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor, used a text message that invited him to click on a web link. Instead of clicking, he forwarded the message to researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab.
Posted on 25 August 2016 | 11:28 pm
Posted on 28 August 2016 | 7:00 pm
The starting line is just ahead of us, and the guy behind the wheel of this 650-horsepower muscle car is showing off for the crowd. Ostensibly it's warming them for a quick blast up the 1.16-mile hillclimb, but really it's to show off. This is what the Goodwood Festival of Speed is about.
Posted on 28 August 2016 | 6:45 pm
Over the past few years, Siri’s functionality and reliability has improved by leaps and bounds. Not only is Siri’s feature-set more expansive than ever, but it operates much more quickly and does a much better job at understanding and processing language. To this point, Medium last week published a fascinating and detailed profile on how Apple’s advancements in the field of AI and machine learning have helped take Siri’s performance to the next level. In fact, Siri Senior Director Alex Acero boasted that advancements in Siri’s underlying technology has cut down the error rate “by a factor of two in all the languages” and “more than a factor of two in many cases.” DON’T MISS: Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the radical redesign we’ve been waiting for “That’s mostly due to deep learning and the way we have optimized it,” Acero added, “ not just the algorithm itself but in the context of the whole end-to-end product.” That’s all well and good, but heavy Siri users can agree that the software still isn’t anywhere close to perfect, especially when used in less than ideal conditions. Using Siri in a quiet room is one thing, but trying to use Siri to settle a bet in a crowded bar or even on a busy street can often be an exercise in frustration. Interestingly enough, one of the reasons why Siri and other virtual assistants still struggles with understanding queries in less than ideal acoustic environments is because the state of microphone technology has remained somewhat stagnant over the years. Highlighting this issue, Bloomberg reports : The mics in most consumer technology haven’t kept pace with the advances in, say, cameras. They still aren’t great at focusing on faraway voices or filtering out background noise, and they often require too much power to be listening at all times. … Apple and its rivals have challenging, albeit straightforward, demands. They want a higher signal-to-noise ratio, meaning the mic can isolate voices more clearly and from farther away, and a higher acoustic overload point, the threshold at which the mic can no longer distinguish signal from noise. And the chips have to improve in both areas without getting bigger, becoming less reliable, or using more power than before. One solution, of course, is to simply grace your everyday smartphone with more mics. While this certainly helps, it also costs more money and can also have an unfavorable effect on battery life. That being the case, component manufacturers are busy at work coming up with new strategies designed to improve Siri’s ability to understand language in noisy environments. While some companies are keen on using software algorithms to improve things, others are exploring completely novel microphone designs. Make sure to hit the source link below for the full rundown on what some companies are doing in order to make software assistants like Siri and Alexa all the more reliable.
Posted on 28 August 2016 | 6:24 pm
Landing late at night in Shenzhen for my first trip to China, I was nervous about being able to navigate the city. Starting the next day I would have the services of a local translator, but for that first night, I was on my own. The interface alerted me that I would be switching to the Chinese version, controlled now by Uber’s rival turned business partner Didi.
Posted on 28 August 2016 | 5:57 pm